10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Take me back, now!
"We stayed here at the start of our honeymoon in December 2003. My only regret is that we couldn't spend the whole holiday at the Lighthouse but unfortunately the English cricket team had block booked it for the duration of the test in Galle. The journey there was pretty arduous - Belfast to London, then on to Sri Lanka with a touch down in the Maldives, followed by a four hour taxi trip down to Galle arriving mid-evening. Boy was it worth it! I'll never forget rolling up feeling like a ragged postage stamp, only to be greeted by the most genial cocktail bearing staff and led to a stunning terrace bar overlooking the torch-lit rocks on which the Lighthouse perches, with the Indian Ocean swirling below. If that wasn't enough there was even a little jazz band playing in the corner and the air was heavy with the scent of frangipani - I thought I was going to wake up and actually be in some roach infested "---"hole, but no, it was all for real..... Anyway - it's pretty fab. The room was lovely, with the biggest bed I've ever seen (could've spent a few days just trekking from one side to the other), dark wood furniture and really crisp linen. There were little flowers on our pillows every day. Our balcony overlooked the beach and two beautiful deep blue pools (one's an infinity pool). The food was without exception excellent with a wide selection of Sri Lankan and European cuisine to choose from, both at breakfast and dinner. There are several bars, the terrace overlooking the rocks is probably the most atmospheric - the whole place is thoughtfully and stylishly designed with interesting nooks and crannies, little illuminated niches containing statues of conquistadors etc. Staff as I said were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Even the bad weather didn't detract from our stay (can it rain there or what - vertical glass sheets plummeting out of the heavens!) Or the large animal thumping around on our balcony at night - never found out what it was. So I thoroughly reccommend it. Galle's an interesting city too - the old walled fort area in particular is good for a wander. Nearby is the beach resort of Unawatuna which will satisfy all your fantasies of Bounty Bar ad paradises. It was badly hit by the tsunami so really needs people to go. It's got a cool beach swing - you can hurl yourself into the breakers. All in all really idyllic - we'd go back in a heartbeat!"
- Travel date: 25th November 2005
"We stayed at the Lighthouse Hotel in Nov/Dec 2004 as part of our honeymoon. The journey from the airport was long and after a long haul flight we were very tired. This tiredness seemed to disappear when we arrived at the hotel! On arrival we didn't need to do the usual check in procedure, instead we were taken to a beautiful seating area and were given fresh fruit juice and cool towels. The view out over the indian ocean was truly breathtaking and I will never forget that feeling. We were shown to our room and were delighted. The rooms are spotless and well funished. The bathroom/dressing room was a lovely feature, roomy but not imposing. The service at this hotel was superb, everyone we met couldn't help enough. The smiles were genuine and frequent! The food at the hotel was fantastic, especially on the Sri Lankan evening and at the Saturday BBQ. We also had one evening meal in the "Cinnamon Room" - WOW! The facilities were great, the 2 pools and gardens are really lovely. We would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone, it was a beautiful start to our honeymoon and is the reason that we are returning to Sri Lanka in 2005!"
- Travel date: 26th August 2005
want a touch of heaven?
"after being in hotels throughout the world and now beautiful sri lanka you start to become jaded with the excellence of the hotels...and here in sri lanka the term 5 star does not do them justice! And the jewel is the Lighthouse Hotel in Galle!!!!...the buffet meals AND THE UNBELIEVABLE RANGE for every sitting from breakfast through the dinner is to die for...the staff are so incredibly friendly and the rooms are so big and luxurious and every room has an absolutely incredible view...if i was filthy rich i would be quite happy to spend the rest of my days here! Let me finish by saying that i have never in my life met people so genuinly freindly as the sri lankans... whatever you do in life do yourself a treat which believe me you will never forget...go to sri lanka and spend some time at the Lighthouse!!!! forget the rest THIS IS the best!!!! anywhere in the world!"
- Travel date: 15th August 2005
Jewel in Sri Lankas crown
"My Husband and I got married here just before the tsunami hit Dec 2004. The travel down from Colombo airport can be a long journey (depending on the weather and rush hour!) but its worth the trip. The lighthouse is by far the most beautiful hotel I have stayed at. Not much to look at from the front entrance, but they have wonderful views across the sea and is a fabulous setting for a wedding as the hotel is set amongst the rocks. Wonderful staircase inside grounds. If you are trying to decide between here and the Taj Exotica I'd say here! The staff are very helpful, friendly and the rooms are spacious with huge beds. Try one of the suites... + don't forget a relaxing massage in the spa. Food - wonderful. We can't wait to return."
- Travel date: 13th July 2005
Now is the time to go to Sri Lanka
"We have just had a FANTASTIC week at the lighthouse hotel. Due to its location on a rocky knoll the main hotel was fully functional despite the fact that the area was very badly hit by the Tsunami. We can't speak too highly of all the staff and the service that we received. We did manage to tear ourselves away from the Hotel to the nearby town of Galle and the message that we got was how pleased they are to see people visiting again, and how vital it is to the recovery of the area and the Sri Lankan tourism industry. We made additional trips to a local nature reserve with the hotel natuarlist, touring a lake in the early morning to catch the wildlife "waking up" and the sunrise over the lake. We followed this up with a visit to a tea plantation to witness the preparation of white tea. We hadn't heard of this before either! Both trips to great locations with enthusisiatic and knowledgable staff, and great service. We could go on about the quality of the staff, the location etc etc but in the face of 30% room occupancy and the loss of hotels in the chain this company has not only retained all the current staff but taken on extra staff from those destroyed hotels."
- Travel date: 22nd March 2005
Do go back in spite of Tsunami
"We stayed at the Lighthouse in Nov 2004 and were bowled over by it's beauty and by the courteous and efficient nature of it's staff. The rooms are peaceful and quietly elegant, in a very Sri Lankan way, our bathroom was so restful and with a wonderful view of the sea. The food is second to none in Sri Lanka as far as we could tell. We had just spent a couple of weeks travelling and staying in top end hotels (most of which were very good) but The Lighthouse was our definite favourite in a wonderful holiday. We went on to the Maldives (Angasana, top rated tripadvisor resort in the Maldives) and found the Lighthouse well up to that standard as well as more "real" and interesting. Our meal in the al a carte restaurant on our last day, up above the bay, with the distant lighthouse flashing and a lightning storm out over the Indian Ocean was one of those "always to be remembered" holiday moments. It was made all the better by a meal which included the best steak I had since the west of Ireland or possibly Buenos Aires, and an excellent Burgundy at a knock down price! We went with our 19 and 23 yr old sons who are not easy to please and they agree that of all the hotels we have stayed at over the last few years, in St Lucia, Mauritius, Langkawi(perhaps with the exception of the Datai), Cuba and The Maldives, The Lighthouse is the one we definitely will be returning to. We hear from a friend who has been to the hotel since the terrible Tsunami that only a small part of the hotal was affected and all is up and running again, with the staff even more keen than ever. We must not abandon Sri Lanka as a fascinating holiday location, in addition to Galle (the old part of which was largely unaffected structuraly) the rest of Sri Lanka is a really wonderful and thought provoking place and, of course well out of reach of tidal waves. You could now do some real good for the people by going, as well as for yourself! I am happy to correspond with anyone interested in this or other hotels on our trip (Kandalama, Kandy, Nuwar Elya-The Tea Factory, also recommended though not so gracious and Hambantota now destroyed. also for a recommendation of a splendid driver who is now helping with the relief work and will need support in the form of work himself. My personal email is [email protected] If you have been, thanks for reading."
- Travel date: 13th February 2005
An idyllic setting for our wedding
"We were married at the Lighthouse Hotel in February 1999 and could not have asked for a more idyllic setting. The staff were warm and friendly, the hotel excellent value for money and the location was breathtaking. We have travelled extensively but this spot will always remain very special and we hope to return."
- Travel date: 2nd January 2005
What an amazing hotel!
"Just stayed here whilst on a work eduactional visit (I'm a travel agent). Was immediately impressed by the grand wooden staircase with steel sculptures acting out a battle scene at the entrance. A very romantic hotel in a beautiful natural setting on a rock promotory-the waves crash around you all hours. There is a lovely open reception area with low tables and chairs which are romantically lit with candles in lightboxes each evening. Combined with the sound of the waves crashing on the rock it feels so romantic! The main restaurant is buffet style and there is no compromising on the food! Theres everything you can wish for available-the chef will even cook you chips if you're a fussy eater! The desserts buffet was spectacular! Theres an option to have a romantic dinner for two amongst the rocks with your own chef-candles and flares lit amongst the rocks as the waves crash around you-extremely romantic for a special occasion. Also a spa dining experience where you have the spa to yourselves for the evening with a candlelit meal and flower bath. The rooms are wonderful-modern with wooden flooring, large dressing area, huge bathroom with large shower and bath and seating area. The mini bar is very well stocked with premium brands and Pringles! Got to see the Moroccan themed suite too which is lovely if a little overpowering. It has a huge 4 posted blue bed and traditional Moroccan tiles throughout plus a romantic daybed on the balcony. Personally I'd rather have the standard (deluxe) room type here as the suite was far too brash for my liking! Lovely pool area, beach is narrow but clean with pale orange sand. The sea is very rough and not recommended for swimming in here. Plentiful padded sunloungers on lush lawns around the pool and facing the beach. Visit the historic city of Galle (pronounced 'Gorl') to see the remains of the fortress and lighthouse. Some good gem shops here too-I bought a lovely pink sapphire and ruby ring here quite cheaply. I'm looking to go back here for a holiday myself very soon!"
- Travel date: 8th November 2004
The best hotel in Sri Lanka
"We went to Sri Lanka on our honeymoon and stayed in 5 hotels whilst we were there (as we did a tour and a few days on the beach) and this hotel was the best of the lot and probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in. It is the most relaxing and romantic place we have ever been to, perfect for honeymoons! The rooms are divine, the food is fantastic and the staff cannot do enough for you. There is also a spa there, which offers all sorts of body treatments at very reasonable prices -heaven! Throughly recommended."
- Travel date: 12th September 2004
"Fantastic place, spent 10 nights there after a week long tour of the Island. The food we found in both restaurants was fantastic and the wine list commendable. All be it a smallish hotel there is plenty of room for manouvre. Lovely pool setting close to the beach. A short tuk-tuk ride in to Galle for a true sri-lankan experience. If your any good at tennis then play the in-house fitness coach, he's not very good, and will probably lose the balls. Highly recommended for a relaxing holiday, with very friendly staff and excellent food. Very good value indeed. Don't be put off by the entrance, once inside its great"
- Travel date: 8th August 2004
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